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200 street children to witness closing function

Before the Commonwealth Games began, they were shunted out of Delhi to give the Capital a 'world class' look.

delhi Updated: Oct 10, 2010 23:58 IST

Before the Commonwealth Games began, they were shunted out of Delhi to give the Capital a 'world class' look.

On Thursday, however, when the Games closing ceremony will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, 200 of the spectators will be children who live and work on the streets of Delhi.

The Delhi government has asked the Organising Committee (OC) to reserve 700 tickets for the closing ceremony, which it will buy. The tickets will be bought and distributed among 200 street children and 500 students of government schools.

"We have asked OC to allot 700 tickets, which will be bought by the Delhi Government's Directorate of Education," said Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh. "Out of these, 200 tickets will be given to the NGO Butterflies, which would be distributed among street children."

Butterflies, a Green Park Extension based NGO, works for the betterment of street and working children. The NGO couldn't be contacted for comments over the phone despite repeated attempts.

Free tickets for school students

With the stadia remaining empty during the sporting events, the Delhi Government had recently written to OC to provide free passes to school children.

From Saturday, the OC has started giving the free passes. "We have agreed to the suggestion and have already given them quite a few passes," said OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot.

Though tickets for most sporting events are reportedly sold out, the scene at the stadia tells a different story. That is why the government had asked OC to either provide free passes to students of government schools or allow them entry on displaying of their school identity cards.

"The OC provided 300 free tickets on Saturday for three different events," Singh said, adding, "The OC will now give free tickets every day for the school children."